For a True "Vacation", Slip Back in Time to One of the Charming NJ Bed and Breakfasts

NJ Bed and Breakfasts are in the loveliest towns on the Jersey Shore and offer a perfect respite for the world weary vacationer

The tradition of "taking the cure" of sun, sea and salt air led many wealthy New Yorkers and Philadelphians of the Victorian era to build beautiful mansions on the beaches of Ocean Grove, Spring Lake, Cape May and other seaside towns.

As this luxurious life style faded, many of these beautiful old homes were saved from the wrecking ball because they were opened to the public as Bed and Breakfasts. A vacation in a Bed and Breakfast can be just what many of us, stressed out from the constant pressure of the modern work world, could use to de-stress and take a modern "cure".

Today's NJ Bed & Breakfasts, though furnished in the style of a by-gone era, with lovely antiques and comfy rockers on wide, breezy porches, do afford every modern comfort. They have private baths, air conditioning, TVs and internet hookups

Be active, be lazy, be what you want

You're on the Jersey Shore, don't forget, so the beach beckons every day. Swim, body surf or boogie board, or just lay on your blanket and soak up the rays. Many of the NJ Bed and Breakfasts on the shore provide beach towels and other amenities (call first and find out what you don't have to pack) and many of the beaches have daily chair and umbrella rentals. Quite a few of the B&Bs will also provide bikes for their guests, and a beautiful way to start the day is a nice bike ride on the boardwalk before the crowds hit it. Most of the boardwalks allow bikes before a certain hour of the morning. If you are up early enough, you can celebrate the start of the day by enjoying the sunrise over the ocean.

On the other hand, if your vacation plans are all about relaxation, then just rock on the porch with your morning coffee, stroll down to the beach and do nothing all day.  B&B living makes it easy to do it all, or nothing at all.

You don't have to step too far back in time!

In addition to the beauty of your surroundings, the real charm to many of the Bed and Breakfasts is... the breakfast. The hosts of these lovely homes traditionally pride themselves upon their sumptuous breakfast fare, with home made muffins and breads, fresh seasonal fruit and lovingly prepared specialties, such as omelets, Belgian Waffles and fritatas.

Many serve tea in the British style in the afternoon, a perfect pick me up after a day at the beach or a whale watch tour, before heading off to town for dinner or entertainment.

Another advantage to vacationing at a NJ Bed and Breakfast is that you will have your own personal concierge/tour guide/local adviser on hand to let you know about the best sights and events in the area. The B&B owners not only work in the area, they live right where you are.

You can pick the perfect Bed and Breakfast on the Jersey Shore here but be sure to have a snack handy. You're going to get real hungry reading those menus!

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